Financial assistance is available to adapt an automobile to accommodate a disability for a veteran or servicemember with certain disabilities that resulted from an injury or disease incurred or aggravated during activity military service.  The veteran or servicemember may only receive the automobile grant once in his or her lifetime.  The grant is paid directly to the seller of the automobile for the total price (up to $11,000) of the automobile. 

A veteran or servicemember must have one of the following disabilities to qualify for the automobile grant:

  • loss, or permanent loss of use, of one or both feet
  • loss, or permanent loss of use, of one or both hands, or
  • permanent impairment of vision in both eyes to a certain degree

VA Adaptive Equipment Grant

Veterans who need to adapt an existing vehicle to accommodate certain disabilities can also apply for a VA grant. Adaptive equipment includes, but is not limited to, power steering, power brakes, power window lifts, power seats, and special equipment necessary to assist the eligible person into and out of the vehicle.  Contact your local VA medical center’s Prosthetic Department prior to purchasing any equipment. This grant may be paid more than once.

To apply for either VA grant complete VA Form 21-4502 and send it to the nearest VA facility before you purchase an automobile or arrange for modifications to be made. The VA will return the form to you indicating whether the purchase has been approved. You can then present the original form to seller at the time of purchase.